Edward Jolliffe Athlete Ambassador
Edward is a young triathlete who was inspired into the sport by his dad. He talks to Sundried about training and racing.
Have you always been into sport?
I've almost always been into sport. I started playing football when I was 5, and after that I got more into running and liked sprinting so I joined an athletics club when I was 8 which I'm still in now.
I started off doing sprinting as well as long jump. When I started triathlon, I moved towards 1500m, 800m and cross country and I also did some high jump. I've recently moved away from athletics and am now just doing cross country.
I've had swimming lessons from a young age and joined a swimming club when I was 9, however when I got into triathlon when I was 10, I stopped so I could do more cycling and running. I also joined a cycling club when I was 10.
What made you decide to enter the world of triathlon?
My dad started doing triathlon due to injuries from running. He got me into it and I did my first triathlon when I was 10.
What's been your favourite race to date and why?
I've had lots of enjoyable races but I don't think I have a favourite. I liked the triathlon in Leeds which was part of the British super series and was also the same course the elites did for the world triathlon series. I also really enjoyed Beachborough Triathlon where I came 3rd last year.
And your proudest achievement?
One of my proudest achievements was getting into the South Central Academy as well as coming 3rd in the South Central Triathlon Series.
Have you ever had any race disasters/your toughest race yet?
I've had a few race disasters. Two were at the British performance assessment last year and the triathlon in Leeds when I had a mechanical.
How do you overcome setbacks?
I overcome setbacks by trying to look at the positives and find a solution to the problem.
What advice do you wish you'd been given before you started racing?
I wish I had had coaching advice and knew more about what training to do, how much to do, and when to do it.
What are your goals for 2020?
My goals are to keep training hard and see how the season turns out, staying fit for upcoming events.
Who do you take inspiration from?
I take inspiration from my dad as he got me into triathlon and also all the elite triathletes who I aspire to be like one day.
What do you like about Sundried and what's your favourite bit of our kit?
I like that Sundried is eco-friendly and provides a wide range of products. My favourites are the Sundried Peloton long sleeve cycling jersey and the Sundried padded jacket.